Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has questioned the decision-making process and use of the Television Match Official after an apparent neck roll from England back-rower Chris Robshaw went unpunished at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Cheika fronted the media on Sunday and immediately shut down suggestions that referee Craig Joubert had cost the Wallabies victory, instead alluding to a failure to capitalise on their overwhelming share of possession and territory.


But he did isolate Robshaw’s tackle on Wallabies scrum-half Nick Phipps during a heated first-half exchange between several players, an incident that saw Australia captain Stephen Moore penalised following a lengthy video review.

“Well like I said, I was just disappointed but I don’t think it cost us the game,” Cheika said of Joubert’s refereeing.

“You know I wasn’t sure about everything that’s been going on around the head, and then Phipps gets wrapped around the head and thrown to the ground and nothing happens.”

Cheika also revealed there had been communication from World Rugby referees boss Alain Rolland around the use of shoulder barging off the ball.

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